Beaver Creek Homestead

Nolalu, Ontario, Canada

  • Last updated: August 20, 2018 (1 second ago)
  • Listing created on: August 17, 2018

Mission Statement

sustainability and learning are essential for a fulfilling life.

Community Description

The Beaver Creek Homestead is no less than an attempt, likely futile, in starting society from scratch.

The goals are to develop:
1: Cyclical systems of food-waste-fertilizer-food
2: Methods of power generation and use such that no additional power is required from either the existing grid or internal combustion engine (ICE) generators.
3: Building techniques that use available resources as much as possible and passive heating and cooling.
4: Self-directed methods of education modeled on places like the Summerhill School that recognize the importance of individual choice.
5: An alternative to the current existing Capitalist economic system that is more effective at distributing resources based on effort and need rather than property ownership.
6: Alternative social structures and institutions that maximize individual liberty while maintaining social cohesion. The community must be capable of having a place for everyone, from the cradle to the grave. (Needs work!)

It is a daunting goal and not for the feint of heart. There are numerous challenges to overcome. Some of the larger of them are:

1: Climate: This area has winter temps that range into the -30c range and can have anywhere from 3 to 6 months of snow coverage. Summers can get to nearly 40C with humidity of 90%+.

2: Social: Canada has a pretty conservative culture in general and does not welcome change or alternative viewpoints. This area is no exception. Additionally there is bound to be some upheaval and resistance when changing anything that has inertia behind it.

3: Economic: This region is probably one of the poorest areas in North America economically. There are very few opportunities locally and none that are very rewarding. This makes the fact that even a limited dependence on the existing infrastructure becomes problematic.

What we require from potential members:

1: You not only think outside the box, but were born to live outside it.
2: You have expertise that will enable us to achieve one or more of the above goals.
3: Passion, Dedication and Self-Direction. You have no trouble picking a task and seeing it through to completion.
4: A commitment to the scientific method. You do not trust divine revelation or convention but rather practical, careful, testing. You have a deep mistrust of superstition and embrace modern knowledge, without necessarily embracing all modern applications of that knowledge.

You like BIG challenges.

***No habitual drug or alco

  • Status: Re-forming
  • Started Planning: 2004
  • Start Living Together: 2011
  • Visitors accepted: Yes
  • Open to new Members: Yes
  • Please read the details in Membership below before contacting this community. Send Message
  • Contact Name: Brad Neufeld
  • Community Address:
    RR 2
    3399 Hwy 588
    Nolalu, Ontario, P0T 2K0
    Canada
  • Location

  • This Community is Re-forming

    Year re-formed: 2017

About

  • Type(s): Commune (organized around sharing almost everything), Ecovillage (organized around ecology and sustainability), Cohousing (individual homes within group owned property), Shared Housing, Cohouseholding, or Coliving (multiple individuals sharing a dwelling), Transition Town or Eco-Neighborhood (focused on energy/resource resiliency)
  • Programs & Activities: Transition Town (post-petroleum and off-grid communities), School, Educational Institute or Experience, Volunteer, Internship, or Apprenticeship
  • Location: Rural

Housing

  • Status: We have land we have developed on
  • Area: 68 acres
  • Current Residence Types: Single-family homes, Multi-family homes, Room(s) in a house or building, Tiny house, Natural built structues
  • Current Number of Residences: 3
  • Planned number of residences: 20
  • Planned Residence Types: Single-family homes, Multi-family homes, Tiny house, Natural built structues
  • Housing Provided: Purchase, Rental
  • Land owned by: Individual community member(s)
  • Additional Comments:

    Owned by Brad but a new means of ownership to be determined later.

    Not all habitable, but with some effort, possibly.

    4 bedrooms

    This will likely change with time but there are insufficient quality structures to be picky.

Membership

  • Adult Members: 3
  • Child Members: 0
  • Non-member Residents: 0
  • Percent Women: 61-70%
  • Percent Men: 31-40%
  • Percent Transgender: 0%
  • Visitors accepted: Yes
  • Visitor Process:

    Give Brad a call, or send a letter or email and we will be happy to tell you how to get here. Be prepared for a “camping” kind of experience although hopefully a bit more comfortable than that.

  • Open to new Members: Yes
  • Membership Process:

    We are actively recruiting now

  • Additional Comments:

    We all choose our own path to enlightenment.

    I have my way, you have your way. As for THE way, that does not exist. – Friedrich Nietzsche

    There is already the start of a print library while the digital library is vast. Participation in the education is expected of all members, regardless of age.

Government

  • Decision Making: Consensus (everyone agrees)
  • Identified Leader: Yes
  • Leadership Core Group: No
  • Additional Comments:

    Brad Neufeld

    Lots of strong personalities means we do not always agree, but we trust the group as a whole will figure things out.

Economics

  • Dues, Fees, or Shared Expenses: Yes
  • Regular Fee per Month: $500
  • Shared Income: Partial share of income
  • Required Labor Contribution per Week: 20
  • Open to members with existing debt: Yes
  • Additional Comments:

    We are still trying to come up with a viable, equitable and sustainable financial model, but then again, who isn’t?

    Your finances are your responsibility. You don’t get taxed but you also cannot expect any assistance

    Hard to say how many hours per day will be required. At this point it will be left to the discretion of the individual.

    Although this policy is under review

    Sustainability also means economic. Fixed monthly costs for the homestead are currently $400 with an additional $100 per person.

Sustainability Practices

  • Energy Infrastructure: We use both systems.
  • Current renewable energy generation: Up to 25%
  • Energy sources: Solar
  • Planned renewable energy generation: 100%
  • Current food produced: Up to 25%
  • Planned food produced: Almost All, around 90%
  • Food produced locally: Almost All, around 90%

Lifestyle

  • Common Facilities: Common House, Garden(s), Greenhouse(s), Library, Workshop, Outbuilding(s), Swimming pond or pool, Waterfront access, Internet
  • Internet Available: Yes, community provides it
  • Internet Fast?: Yes, it’s fine.
  • Cell Phone Service: Not good for most people.
  • Shared meals: 2-5 times per week
  • Dietary Practice: Omnivorous (plants and animals)
  • Dietary Choice or Restrictions: No – people may eat however they wish.
  • Special Diets OK: Sometimes
  • Alcohol Use: Yes, used seldomly, or ceremoniously.
  • Tobacco Use: Yes, used seldomly, or ceremoniously.
  • Additional Diet Comments:

    The goal is to eventually grow 100% and we are getting their slow nad steady. Perhaps within a few more years.

    It is poreferable to eat what we grow or raise, but that isn’t always possible.

    Most of the foods that are grown are vegetarian but we have pigs and chicken that we raised successfully.

    Habitual alcohol or drug use is not acceptable.

    No smoking indoors and it is preferred that it is not done. Using it for rituals is acceptable.

  • Common Spiritual Practice(s): Atheist
  • Spiritual Practice Expected?: No
  • Education Style(s): Home Schooling, Up to each family or individual
  • Healthcare Options: Up to each family or individual

Additional Comments

There is a road that goes by but the property is largely in the woods.

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Keywords

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